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IOM’s virtual learning platform on migration addresses human trafficking. Photo: IOM/ María del Mar Gonzalez 2016 Costa Rica Hosted International Training Against Human Trafficking

IOM’s virtual learning platform on migration addresses human trafficking. Photo: IOM/ María del Mar Gonzalez 2016Costa Rica - IOM has trained a group of 35 Mesoamerican counter trafficking specialists as trainers for its Virtual Course on Trafficking in Persons (TiP) developed for the region. The training, which took place in Costa Rica on 20 and 21 July ahead of the World Day Against Traffick...

Cartoon by Clay Jones U.S. and Mexico Prepare for “Worst-Case Scenario Trump Election”

Cartoon by Clay JonesBy Lucia Leal U.S. President Barack Obama and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto hailed this Friday the strength of bilateral relations and their belief they will continue even if Donald Trump comes to power in January, on the day after the magnate accepted the Republican presidential candidacy without ever abandoning his anti-immigrant rhetoric. In what was probably ...

Cartoon by Clay Jones U.S. Elections: Political Suicide at Donald Trump’s Nomination

Cartoon by Clay Jones By Britt Nelson Editor’s note: The views expressed by guest columnists are not necessarily those of The Costa Rica Star, its advertisers, or its staff. Against all odds, New York billionaire Donald Trump has done what most people said he could not do by being selected Thursday night as the Republican Party’s presidential nominee. At the start of this year’s politic...

Flickr Commons Son of Immigrant from Costa Rica Speaks at U.S. GOP Convention

Flickr CommonsThe 2016 United States Republican National Convention (RNC) continues today in Cleveland, Ohio. The speakers participating in the evening program will expand upon the theme: "Make America First Again." One of the very few Hispanic American faces at the RNC is Senator Ralph Alvarado from the Kentucky Legislature. He has been in service to the people of Senate District 38 since 201...

EFE file Presidents of Nicaragua and Venezuela Praise Each Other

President of Nicaragua Daniel OrtegaThe Sandinistas, members of the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN), on Tuesday celebrated the 37th anniversary of the revolution that ended the Somoza dictatorship in Nicaragua in festivities marked by the support of the country's president Daniel Ortega to his Venezuelan ally and counterpart Nicolas Maduro, one of his invitees. Ortega, who is runni...

Cartoon by Clay Jones U.S. Elections: Slovenian Model Charms GOP Convention

Cartoon by Clay Jones By Britt Nelson Editor’s note: The views expressed by guest columnists are not necessarily those of The Costa Rica Star, its advertisers, or its staff. During prime time, keynote speaker Melania Trump shined as bright as the sun itself as she spoke with grace and poise about her husband, New York billionaire Donald Trump, for the opening night of the Republican Nati...

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega (C) listens during an official meeting with Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (R) and then-President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (L) during an official state visit by the Nicaraguan president to Iran in 2007. Nicaragua Government Workers March in Support of Reelection

(CRS Archive)Thousands of Nicaraguan public employees and supporters of the ruling democratic socialist Sandinista National Liberation Front, or FSLN, marched through the streets of this capital in support of President Daniel Ortega, who is seeking a third consecutive term in office in November's general elections. Friday's march, which was organized by the ruling party's official youth group,...

Cartoon by Clay Jones “Faker” Donald Trump Calls on Supreme Court Justice to Resign

Cartoon by Clay JonesPresumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Wednesday called for the resignation of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the standard-bearer of the high court's progressive wing who called him a "faker." On his Twitter account, Trump said that "Justice Ginsburg of the U.S. Supreme Court has embarrassed all by making very dumb political statements abou...

Epsy Campbell Barr, Citizen Action Party Legislator, from Facebook profile. Legislator Pushes for Equal Political Participation by Women

By Wendy Anders Source: UN Women Citizen Action Party (PAC) Legislator Epsy Campbell recently introduced legislation that seeks to further expand the participation of women in governance by establishing quotas. The law comes after a recent constitutional court ruling that requires political parties to include women in equal numbers on ballots, a measure also supported by Campbell. The new...

Cartoon by Clay Jones U.S. Elections: You’ve Been Berned

Cartoon by Clay Jones By Britt Nelson Editor’s note: The views expressed by guest columnists are not necessarily those of The Costa Rica Star, its advertisers, or its staff Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders endorsed Democrat Hillary Clinton Tuesday for President, thus leaving his supporters abandoned while Republican challenger Donald Trump surges in national and state presidential polls. “...

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega (C) listens during an official meeting with Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (R) and then-President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (L) during an official state visit by the Nicaraguan president to Iran in 2007. Nicaragua Elections Labeled “Farcical” As New Candidate is Chosen

President of Nicaragua Daniel Ortega A former Contra guerrilla on Monday was chosen to be the presidential candidate for Nicaragua's Constitutional Liberal Party, or PLC, with an eye toward the November election, in which the main opposition coalition will not participate. Maximino Rodriguez, a former member of the Contras in the 1980s, was unanimously selected by the PLC party convention, ...

EFE file photo Cold War 2.0? NATO Will Deploy More Troops Closer to Russia

Ex Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev said on Saturday that the rhetoric used by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in its summit in Poland is a sign of war. "All the rhetoric used in Warsaw is almost a declaration of war against Russia," he said to Russian news agency Interfax, adding that "the Cold War is preparing to get hot." The decisions made by NATO, such as the deployment...

Cartoon by Clay Jones U.S. Elections: Dallas, or How to Make America Hate Again

Cartoon by Clay Jones By Britt Nelson Editor’s note: The views expressed by guest columnists are not necessarily those of The Costa Rica Star, its advertisers, or its staff “Shots Fired,” “Active Shooters,” “Coordinated Attack,” “Ambush in Dallas,” “5 Police Officers Shot Dead, 7 Wounded” screamed the headlines across national television Thursday night in the United States of America and...

Venice Commission in session Costa Rica is Accepted Into the Venice Commission

Venice Commission in session During a meeting in Strasbourg, and following a request by the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Costa Rica on 6 July 2016, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe invited the country to become the 61st member state of the Venice Commission. The Venice Commission is the common name for the European Commission for Democracy through Law. This is an advis...

Cartoon by Clay Jones U.S. Elections: How It Really Looks for Clinton

Cartoon by Clay Jones By Britt Nelson Editor’s note: The views expressed by guest columnists are not necessarily those of The Costa Rica Star, its advertisers, or its staff What’s the difference between “gross negligence” and “extremely careless?” United States voters will decide the answer to that question during the national election on Nov. 8. FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday an...

Costa Rican cacao grower, courtesy of the Ministry of Agriculture. What Do Costa Ricans Celebrate on the 4th? Chocolate, Of Course!

By Wendy Anders Costa Rica’s Ministry of Agriculture decided to make July 4th National Cocoa Day. The Día Nacional de Cacao was inaugurated this year to increase attention and channel support to this recovering agricultural sector that was decimated in the early 1980s by a rapidly spreading fungus called Moniliophthora roreri. In response to the destructive pod-rot fungus that spread to C...

Cartoon by Clay Jones Oy Vey! Donald Trump is a Putz

Cartoon by Clay Jones Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Paul Ryan said Tuesday that anti-Semite images have "no place in (a) presidential campaign," and that the Trump's communications staff has got to clean up its act, in response to a controversial tweet posted by the magnate. Ryan was reacting Tuesday to a radio interview about the controversy that erupted last Saturday when Don...

costa-rica-news-annual-survey-04 Annual Survey Focuses on Cost of Living, Child and Teen Labor

By Wendy Anders Every year in July, the National Census Institute (INEC) sends surveyors to a sample of homes throughout Costa Rica to provide updated demographic and economic data to policy makers. Starting today, the survey, known in Spanish as La Encuesta de Hogares, aims to reach an estimated 13,5000 homes with questions on income, poverty, equality, access to good and services, land use...

Source: Rolling Thunder Facebook Canadian Prostitution and the Early Trump Family Fortune

(Wikimedia Commons) United States voters who wish to learn more about how presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump made his fortune, which he claims to be valued at billions, should start with historian Gwenda Blair's book “The Trumps: Three Generations That Built An Empire.” According to Ms. Blair's book, the recent generations of the Trump family made money the old fashi...

Cartoon by Clay Jones U.S. Elections: Suspicious Meeting Gives Trump Hope

Cartoon by Clay Jones By Britt Nelson Editor’s note: The views expressed by guest columnists are not necessarily those of The Costa Rica Star, its advertisers, or its staff. Early last week, United States voters across the spectrum got a wake-up call. As the story broke about former President Bill Clinton having met ‘privately’ with Attorney General Loretta Lynch aboard her private jet a...

Source; OAS Costa Rica Presents New OAS Ambassador

Source; OAS The new Permanent Representative of Costa Rica to the Organization of American States (OAS), Rogelio Sotela Muñoz, today presented his credentials to Secretary General Luis Almagro, in a ceremony in which he stressed the commitment of his country to the four pillars of the hemispheric institution: democracy, human rights, sustainable development, and multidimensional security. "...

President Luis Guillermo Solis President of Costa Rica Observes Pacific Alliance Summit

The presidents of Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru, the four member states of the Pacific Alliance, met today in the Chilean town of Frutillar to strengthen their economic integration in order to deal with the ravages of global finance. The presidents of Chile, Michelle Bachelet, Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, Mexico, Enrique Pena Nieto and Peru, Ollanta Humala participated in the Business Summi...

Cartoon by Clay Jones U.S. Elections: ISIS vs. Benghazi

Cartoon by Clay Jones By Britt Nelson Editor’s note: The views expressed by guest columnists are not necessarily those of The Costa Rica Star, its advertisers, or its staff. Terror struck again Tuesday as three suicide bombers fired assault rifles in public areas of the Istanbul, Turkey Ataturk Airport and then blew themselves up leaving -at last count- 44 dead and 239 wounded. No offici...

Wikimedia Commons Experts Investigate 2010 Google Maps Invasion of Costa Rica

Wikimedia Commons The President of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, has appointed independent experts in the case concerning Maritime Delimitation in the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean (Costa Rica v. Nicaragua), whose task is to determine the state of the coast between the point suggested by Costa Rica and the point suggested by...

Wikimedia Commons Activists Decry Costa Rica Proposal to Protect Silky Sharks

Wikimedia Commons Conservationists are uniting against a weak silky shark conservation proposal put forth by Costa Rica, Belize, Nicaragua, and El Salvador. The proposal along with others will be presented at the annual meeting of the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC)* to be held next week in Southern California. Turtle Island Restoration Network and fellow conservationists be...

Cartoon by Clay Jones U.S. Elections: Candidates Carpe Diem on Brexit

Cartoon by Clay Jones By Britt Nelson Editor’s note: The views expressed by guest columnists are not necessarily those of The Costa Rica Star, its advertisers, or its staff. England’s rejection of the European Union has sent shock waves around the world, affecting financial markets from Hong Kong to New York while sending United States presidential candidates and world leaders scurrying ...

Source: Google Now Bregret or Regrexit? Morning-After Woes in the UK

Cartoon by Clay Jones Some voters in the United Kingdom are angry at what they believe was a poor information campaign leading up to the referendum to leave the European Union. According to a news report filed by Lizzie Dearden of UK national newspaper The Independent: Electoral services workers have reported calls from people asking if they could change their decision after Friday’s resul...

no-bill-no-break U.S. Elections: Guns in My Head and They Won’t Go

Gage Skidmore, Flickr By Britt Nelson Editor’s note: The views expressed by guest columnists are not necessarily those of The Costa Rica Star, its advertisers, or its staff.   In a dramatic last-ditch effort to pass common sense gun-control measures Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives held a sit-in Wednesday morning on the floor of the House. The majority Republican...

donald-loves-chachi U.S. Elections: Who Let the Dogs Out?

By Britt Nelson Editor’s note: The views expressed by guest columnists are not necessarily those of The Costa Rica Star, its advertisers, or its staff. Things are really getting strange in the political world of the wannabe presidents. It seems as if the two-party election process in the Unites States has gone to the dogs. Huge flocks of black buzzards will be circling overhead during the...

Nadine Heredia. Facebook photo First Lady of Peru Under Investigation for Money Laundering

Nadine Heredia. Facebook photo Lima, Jun 17 (EFE).- Judge Richard Concepcion ordered Peru's first lady and the president of the ruling Nationalist Party, Nadine Heredia, not to leave the country in order to answer charges of suspected money laundering in the electoral campaigns of 2006 and 2011. The judge also ordered Heredia, her brother Ilan Heredia and her friend Rocio Calderon, also und...

Source: Flick Commons U.S. Elections: Guns, Guns, Guns

Source: Flick Commons By Britt Nelson Editor’s note: The views expressed by guest columnists are not necessarily those of The Costa Rica Star, its advertisers, or its staff The horrific Orlando murders are echoing and vibrating messages of love around the world like a stone thrown into a pond. Massive rallies are being held around the world in memory of those killed. United States Pre...

Wikimedia Commons UN Court to Investigate Google Maps Invasion of Costa Rica

Wikimedia Commons THE HAGUE, June 2016. The International Court of Justice (ICJ), the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, is to arrange for an expert opinion relating to the state of a portion of the Caribbean coast near the border between Costa Rica and Nicaragua, in the case concerning Delimitation in the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean (Costa Rica v. Nicaragua). Longtime ...

"Pedro-Pablo-Kuczynski" by Robertovillani - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons Former U.S. Citizen Elected President of Peru

"Pedro-Pablo-Kuczynski" by Robertovillani - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons Lima, Jun 10 (EFE).- Keiko Fujimori conceded defeat Friday in Peru's presidential runoff to conservative economist Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, a former United States citizen who garnered 50.12 percent of the vote compared to her tally of 49.87 percent with 100 percent of the ballots counted. As previous...

Orlando Police Twitter U.S. Elections: Orlando Shooting Becomes a Political Specter

Orlando Police Twitter By Britt Nelson Editor’s note: The views expressed by guest columnists are not necessarily those of The Costa Rica Star, its advertisers, or its staff Another mass shooting has occurred -- this time in Florida – and it’s the worst mass murder by a single shooter in the history of the United States. This shooting is getting real political real fast due to its nexus ...

Wikimedia Commons Costa Rica Legislator Supports Reunification of Jerusalem

Wikimedia Commons Washington, D.C. – 37 legislators from 19 countries, including Costa Rica, have delivered a letter to Yuli Edelstein, the Speaker of the Knesset, addressing to the people of Israel on Yom Yerushalayim, or Jerusalem Day, which is an Israeli national holiday commemorating the reunification of Jerusalem and the establishment of Israeli control over the Old City in the aftermath ...

Source: BaDoink Donald Trump Gets Parodied With Virtual Reality Porn (VIDEO)

Source: BaDoink As presumptive Republican candidate Donald Trump gets closer to becoming President of the United States, the entertainment industry seems to be getting more active in terms of ridiculing him. The latest parody to feature the most outlandish and popular political candidate, at least since Brady C. Olson filed papers with the Federal Election Commission as Deez Nuts, is a coll...

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton (rear) applauds his wife, Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, as they appear with their daughter Chelsea (R) at Mrs. Clinton's caucus night rally in Des Moines, Iowa February 1, 2016.     REUTERS/Adrees Latif Clinton Makes History as First Female U.S. Presidential Candidate

By Britt Nelson Editor’s note: The views expressed by guest columnists are not necessarily those of The Costa Rica Star, its advertisers, or its staff The whole world is watching as presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump take aim at each other, and for the next five months both of them will throw everything they have at each other to persuade voters that they are the best c...

(Wikimedia Commons) Why I Want to F*%&k Donald Trump

(Wikimedia Commons) In 1968, acclaimed British novelist James Graham "J. G." Ballard wrote a bizarre short story entitled Why I Want to Fuck Ronald Reagan.  At the time, the late actor and former Governor of California was seeking to secure the candidacy for the Republican (Grand Ole Party or GOP) presidential ticket of the United States. Amazingly, J.G. Ballard predicted that Reagan would ...

Source: Amazon Books U.S. Elections: Could This Book Derail Clinton’s Campaign?

Source: Amazon Books By Britt Nelson Editor’s note: The views expressed by guest columnists are not necessarily those of The Costa Rica Star, its advertisers, or its staff. An explosive new book, Crisis of Character, about former President Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary will be released by Amazon Books on June 28. It’s written by a former U.S. Secret Service agent with extensive insid...

Wikimedia Commons Political Chaos Feared as Haiti Invalidates Presidential Elections

Wikimedia Commons Port-au-Prince, Jun 6 (EFE).- Haiti's Provisional Electoral Council, or CEP, has invalidated last year's presidential elections and will hold new elections next Oct. 9 and Jan. 8. The head of the council, Leopold Berlanger, told a press conference Monday that on Oct. 9 the first electoral round will be held, while the runoff balloting will be on Jan. 8, 2017. In that wa...

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